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Badger burrow

This is one of a handful of pictures captured by Josh Sayers' trail cameras as he studied the presence of badgers in our area. The animal tends to be very secretive and nocturnal, so many are not aware they are around. But after a summer of investigating burrows, Sayers reported there is a small population of the rare animal around here.

New equipment

Teacher Robert Guertin and his Grade 12 manufacturing class showed off the six new MIG welders Fort Frances High School was able to purchase with funding from the Canadian Welding Association Foundation.

Seniors stories

Sandra Brunetta, right, chatted with Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George, left, and museum volunteer Maxine Hayes about how best to start gathering older residents' recollections of growing up here during a meeting last Wednesday.

Pi run

Stratton native and current Winnipeg resident Danielle Shrumm joined her nephew, Layton Malodowich from Rainy River, along the running path at The Mounds for the third-annual “Pi Run” put on by the Stratton Recreation Committee on Saturday morning.

Team Canada

Thunder Bay's Megan and Kory Carr, along with Stratton natives Jackie McCormick and Trevor Bonot, were given an enthusiastic send-off at the Stratton Recreation Centre on Saturday night as the Canadian mixed curling champions prepare to head to Champéry, Switzerland next month for the world championships.

Gathering stories

Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George, left, local historian Sandra Brunetta, and museum volunteer Maxine Hayes discussed plans to chronicle older residents' memories about growing up here yesterday. Not only will Brunetta be interviewing individuals but she also is encouraging families to do this themselves.

Elephant walking

An elephant walked past Lovsia Noonan's tour group during a safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana. The group also saw zebras, giraffes, impalas, hippos, baboons, and sable antelopes, among other animals.

Class reunion

Anita Makarchuk, Carla Galbraith, Teresa McFayden, Andrea Avis, Mary-Kay Kerber-French, Gail Roach-Leforte, and Deb Kemp hammed it up during a class reunion for all Fort Frances High School Grade 12 attendees from 1976-78 that was held Saturday and Sunday at Sunny Cove Camp. A registration/warm-up gathering opened the weekend festivities Friday evening at Flint House.

Bridge funding

Local MP Don Rusnak, third from left, was in Rainy River last Thursday to announce more than $13 million in federal funding for a joint Canada-U.S. project to replace the international bridge at Rainy River-Baudette. The project involves the design and construction of a new bridge and the removal of the existing one, which is at the end of its service life.